Monday, January 7, 2013

Kit Houses

I've had this fascination with Sears Kit Homes for years.
It's amazing that not so long ago,
one could order a house from a catalogue
the way we order household items, food, or books today.

In modern times, these homes would be called prefab houses.
They are not the same as mobile homes.
It's one option we are considering when we move.
The process is incredible.

The homes are assembled inside a factory, just like a car.
The wall panels are transported to the site and erected there.



Finish work like plumbing and electrical is done on site.
Overall, the buyer can get into the home sooner than conventional structures
because the elements are not a factor during construction.
If you're the handy type, you can build the kit yourself.
That could add up to a lot of savings.


One of the most appealing aspects of choosing this type of construction
is the lack of wasted materials.
In the factory, workers have exactly what they need for each model
and excess materials can often be used elsewhere.




From contemporary to rustic, the choice is yours.
Choice of materials, colors and styles
is easily adapted to the homeowner's desires.


I recently enjoyed this book about the subject:

Front Cover

Here's a fantastic chart to give you an idea
of what's currently available.

If you're interested in learning more about the extraordinary
Sears Kit Homes, here are some links:

http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/

http://www.arts-crafts.com/archive/kithome/rt-searskits.shtml


http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/blog/

We're looking forward to exploring this option.
Keep ya posted!







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